Selfish and out of touch with reality!
That is how the gay, lesbian and transgender community here this afternoon described the churches that organized Sunday night’s Barbados Religious Rally on protecting the traditional family.
Speaking on the theme, Family, Faith and Freedom, one of the main speakers at Sunday’s event, American research professor Dr Judith Reisman, warned Government to be aware of homosexual influences on the society and the educational system.
Reisman charged that the new comprehensive sex education programme being taught in American schools, if implemented here, would lead to drug and alcohol abuse, and a number of other ills, including higher rates of sexuality transmitted diseases, because children were being introduced to sexual perversions in order to turn them into little sexual deviants.
But in a stinging response Tuesday afternoon, head of Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination (B-GLAD) Donnya Piggott stopped just short of describing the religious leaders as hypocrites.
Piggott said the time spent at the rally could have been better spent on a campaign against gun violence, child abuse and chronic water outages.
“I thought that the Church was completely out of touch with the people. And if you want to talk about an agenda, that in itself is an agenda. You [are] talking about the moral and social fabric of a society and a country and you completely ignore that gun violence has been on the rise in Barbados and people are not safe in their communities any more,” Piggott said.
The B-GLAD spokesperson scoffed at the churches for staging “a whole rally with tonnes of people coming out to talk about same sex marriages and same sex unions”, at a time when the social and moral fabric of Barbados was being challenged by violence and the sexual abuse of young people.
“The efforts could have gone more towards talking about love and peace. When you talking about the 50th anniversary of Barbados [Independence], you want to get the country together to talk about these things. Even last week, there were about three murders or so . . . and I thought it was completely out of touch and selfish,” Piggott emphasized.
She questioned whether the Church could lay claim to being a caring institution when it had failed to speak on behalf of the people who were being forced to endure lengthy periods of water outages “in as aggressive a manner as was shown through the staging of the rally”.
The gay, lesbian and transgender activist also challenged the religious leaders behind Sunday’s rally to organize a march in support of consumers in water-starved communities, especially those who could not afford to pay their bills.